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Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6

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Like a G6! Really quickly a R.E.C.O.N. G6 is a unique approach to RC rock competition. Having participated in one, I can best sum it up as being more focused on the experience than the competition. If you’re looking for more specifics, a G6 course is typically much longer than the average scale course–as in ten times longer. And all the trucks (and there are a lot of them) are on course at once. You will likely have to drive by or even over a fellow competitor. You may even elect to toss them a tow rope and give them a hand. All this sounds like fun, right? Well, you’re not along. R.E.C.O.N. G6 competitions, the brainchild of Brian Parker, are on the rise. So much so that Axial came out with an officially licensed G-ride.

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Axial has been heavily involved in G6 and has really taken that involvement to the next level with its new Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6. This version is a kit and is equipped with niceties such as aluminum links and Axial’s super smooth Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks. The licensed Jeep body is dovetailed and has the same roll cage as the new Deadbolt. The dovetailed body is a 2-door version and has a Poison Spyder Rock Brawler front bumper. There is also a light bar mounted to the cage on top of the windshield frame.

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The new body will get all the attention, but it’s well worth pointing out that that Walker Evans Racing wheels are wrapped with licensed Maxxis Trepador tires molded in Axial’s R35 compound.

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As said above, the main man behind G6 is Brian Parker. If you have never met the man, who goes simply by Parker, what you need to know is that he is very passionate, driven, fun loving and has a big personality. Check out what he had to say about G6:

RC Truck Stop:
When and Where was the first RECON G6?
Brian Parker:
It was the Nevada RECON G6 Challenge held December of 2010 at Mayberry Park in Reno, NV.

RC Truck Stop:
What was the motivation for the RECON G6 concept? I know there’s a lot to it, but what made you want to do a RECON G6?
Brian Parker:
Fun was the main motivation and after checking out the competitive side of scaling; the events I saw were similar to competitive R/C crawling events. I wanted something that the whole family could enjoy regardless of age, skill level, or gender, but it had to have adventure to offset the competition, be challenging, and most of all FUN! I made it more about us vs the terrain where other events are more about me vs. you. The RECON G6 Challenge was what I came up with.

RC Truck Stop:
How does someone get started in a RECON G6?
Brian Parker:
Just come to one! Matt, I have story after story of people coming out to just watch a friend or family member drive in a RECON G6 and the next day, sometimes that afternoon, they inform me that they are the proud owner of an Axial SCX10, the Official Truck of the RECON G6. The RECON G6 is an event, where drivers improve at their own pace and participate at a level that they choose. Several requirements are “not mandatory, but highly recommended.” These requirements do not exclude anyone and that’s important to me. Families can participate together at different skill levels.

RC Truck Stop:
What is the typical rig setup with for the RECON G6.
Brian Parker:
Well, I don’t think any G6’er considers their rig “typical.” One of the coolest aspects of the RECON G6 is that drivers can build what they want to drive. What seems to be the norm for finishing a RECON G6 stage, because finishing a RECON G6 is like winning a RECON G6, Axial SCX10 platform. 95% of all G6’ers start with the Axial SCX10 platform. But on the flip side, a few stock RTR Honcho and Dingo have earned “Driver of the Day” awards at several RECON G6’s. Electronics seems to be like the Ford and Chevy debates, depending who you ask, they run Tekin, Novak, or Castle ESC’s. 35T motors with 2S or 3S lipos are common, but I’ve seen a new trend of 55-turn motors with 3S LiPos or sensored brushless set ups. I personally like 35T motor with a SMC Battery 6500mAh 3S LiPo.

RC Truck Stop:
How did this vehicle come about?
Brian Parker:
Very Carefully. With a budget of a “hundred-eleven-hundred” hours with the Axial R&D department, we came up with my roots in 1:1 off-roading. I cut my teeth in a 1995 Jeep Wrangler and the Axial Jeep Wrangler G6 is what I wish my Jeep was. The Jeep Wrangler G6 is RECON G6 Certified right out of the box as it based on the proven SCX10 chassis. The dovetail rear of the Jeep G6 keeps those rear corner panels protected from dents and makes it harder for a Toyota to follow your lines. Having aluminum lower links and steering was important for RECON G6 stage attrition, but one of my favorite things about this new rig, is the cage and light bar. The RECON G6 has night stages at some events and just driving at night in the backyard is an adventure, so installing lights in the available areas is awesome. Not to mention, it just looks like a modified Jeep. I would like to thank everyone involved with this project. It was so much fun making a rig that anyone can grab the controller to and feel like you are driving a real Jeep and what better place drive and live that adventurous lifestyle than in a RECON G6 Challenge.

RC Truck Stop:
Has it settled in yet? This is pretty cool.
Brian Parker:
No Sir! The RECON G6 is turning three years old this December,  and I am so humbled and honored that so many drivers have participated in RECON G6’s across the country and in Canada.The drivers proudly call themselves “G6’ers” and are part of the RECON G6 Family. That Family stretches around the planet. Thank You, Matt. Yeah, it’s way cool!

RC Truck Stop:
About how many RECON G6 events are there per year?
Brian Parker:
Oh my! A lot, but every event seems like the very first one, because each RECON G6 has a different theme. Would you believe we could host a RECON G6 every weekend of the year! We have that many requests to host RECON G6’s. That would be so awesome! This year we started at the King of the Hammers Ultra4 race, and that started the 2013 Intercontinental RECON G6 Adventure Series. It included RECON G6’s in Hawaii, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, and Canada to name a few. We are on schedule to host over twenty RECON G6’s for 2013, but I couldn’t do it alone. The RECON G6 “G-Crew” is responsible for all the hard work behind the scenes. The G Crew consists Anthony Rivas of Rivas Concepts, my daughter and talented driver, Rosa Parker, Cole Bailey & his dad B-Rad Bailey, John Halman, and Jesse DeRamos. Since we travel across the country, we have a volunteer G-Crew faction that help out at each area we go to. The 2014 schedule is coming out soon and for all the RC Truck Stop Fans, you read it hear first, Axial Racing is the series sponsor for next year. The G-Crew and I look forward to seeing everyone at a 2014 Axial RECON G6 Adventure Series Event.

RC Truck Stop:
We talked about ideal setup, but if you were to personally build the G6 edition SCX010 for your own RECON G6 rig, what components would you use?
Brian Parker:
RECON G6 Certified components for sure! Matt, I did an industry first this year by holding an 18-hour endurance event known as the RECON G6 Fix. The adventurous G6’ers that pushed themselves and their equipment to the limit, earned the companies that they used, the coveted RECON G6 Certified stamp of approval. Axial Racing, Vanquish Products, Pit Bull Tires, Novak Racing, Tekin, Lund Chassis and Fast Eddy Bearings are several companies whose products withstood the rigors of driving 18-hours consecutively.

I will build my new Axial Jeep Wrangler G6 with RECON G6 Certified parts!

RC Truck Stop:
What do you see as the future of G6?
Brian Parker:
The RECON G6 is like a Jeep Jamboree scaled down. We hosted a RECON G6 at Sierra Trek and the Rubicon Trail Foundation’s  fund raiser  this year at the two of the most popular four wheel drive trails in the World; The Rubicon Trail and the Fordyce Trail. I see a RECON G6 World Tour coming soon. Austria, Buenos Aires, Australia, Germany and Switzerland have all expressed interest. It just takes getting great sponsors and a backpack together to make it happen.

To answer your question, Matt, the future is fun! Fun is what you have at a RECON G6. Fun is building rigs to drive in a RECON G6. Fun is what Axial Racing has brought to R/C enthusiasts since the first AX10 back in 2007 and that fun continues with the newest addition to the SCX10 Family, the Jeep Wrangler G6.

Thank you and I want to see and your fans getting their scaler fix, in a 2014 Axial RECON Adventure Series G6!

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12 Comments

  1. No rear flares. ….. no rear bumper. …… no scale shadow tail lights. ….. hmmmmm…… give and take? ??? Well, I’ll give full points for the new stylish roll cage and Lights. How much other than the body does this kit differ from the previous upgraged Axial Wrangler kit??

    1. I love Parker and am happy for him. But this is what axial is up to- they have a great rig and how do you improve on that? I’d love to see more variety in their rtr and let new bodies be new bodies. For Parker, this is perfect for his g6 as the lights are needed, no rear tire, and a box stock wins. This is more of a promotional for the event that Parker has been working hard on.

      Personally, I think axial needs to release a wrexo or something else than a redone scx on the next one though. Too many re-releases. The jk had enough new over dingo and honcho but not enough

      1. I hear what you’re saying, Brian. I want new models too–badly. That said, keeping existing platforms fresh is smart business. Could you imagine if the full-size auto companies had to come out with new models every year?

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